Honda XL 600V Transalp


Make Model

Honda XL 600V Transalp




Four stroke,. 52° V-Twin, SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder


583 cc / 35.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 75.0 x 66 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 9.2:1


2x 32 mm Keihin Carburettor CV


Microprocessor-driven transistorised system
Electrical Electronical double CD-I ingnition,12Vdc, 12V/12Ah battery, AC-generator, electrical starter, electronic safegard on side stand
Generator  0.310 kW / 5000 rpm
 Starting Electric

Max Power

50 hp / 36.5 kW @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

52.6 Nm / 38.8 ft-lb @ 6000 rpm


5 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Gear Ratio 1st: 2.500  2nd: 1.722  3rd: 1.333  4th: 1.111 5th: 0.961
Frame Single downtube with double loop cradle of rectangular section

Front Suspension

41 mm Telescopic hydraulic forks
Front Wheel Travel 200 mm / 7.8 in

Rear Suspension

Pro-link monoshock
Rear Wheel Travel 187 mm / 7.4 in

Front Brakes

2x 256 mm disc 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 240 mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Dimensions Length 2260 mm / 89.0 in
Width    865 mm / 34.0 in
Height   905 mm / 35.6 in
Wheelbase 1505 mm / 59.2 in
Seat Height 850 mm / 33.5 in
Ground Clearance  195 mm / 7.7 in
Wet Weight 218 kg / 481 lbs

Fuel Capacity

18 Litres / 4.7 US gal

Consumption Average

18.3 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.3 m / 42.1 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.4 sec / 152.8 km/h

Top Speed

172.5 km/h
Related Links

Technical  /  xrv.org.uk / blackbears.ru


BARCELONA, Spain, May, 1998 -- The Honda Transalp was born on the trails, but through the years the XLV600 has evolved into a street-tourer. The comfortable riding position, the friendly power spread, its durability and low maintenance have made the Transalp one of the most versatile bikes sold in Europe. Her cousin, the 750 Africa Twin, is built with the same philosophy but but leans decidedly more toward off-road riding.

The success of the Transalp lies with its engine. The water cooled 583cc, 52° V-twin, with twin spark plugs and three valves per cylinder, makes 50 bhp at 8,000 rpm. It is fed by a pair of 34mm carburetors. The power spread is accessible by any kind of rider.

Touring two-up is comfortable. The only drawback is that with only 50 bhp, power is sacrificed.

Forget high speeds, lightning acceleration and sport riding, this is a comfortable, calm bike. Since 1988, the Transalp has seen primarily cosmetic changes. Basically, the original engine and the frame design have remained intact.

The seat, the fairing and the instrument panel have changed, but not so much as to render earlier Transalp silhouettes unrecognizable.

"The Honda XLV600 Transalp is a very good purchase."

The brakes are strong enough to stop this bike with authority. Originally, the XLV600 was equipped with only two rotors -- one front and one rear -- but in 1997 Honda added another rotor on the front. The front brakes consist of a pair of 256mm rotors with two-piston calipers.

At the rear, ithe Transalp is equipped with a 240mm rotor with a one-piston caliper. With this new configuration the Transalp has become a rally-touring bike and few of its original off-road characteristics are left. Only the 21-inch front wheel remains to remind you of its earlier, off-road roots.

With a comfortable seat, good ergonomics, indestructible engine and excellent hertiage, the Honda Transalp is a great rally-touring bike, good for perhaps 85% street and 15% off-road riding.

Our only gripe is its power: 50 bhp is little low if you want to take a trip two-up and carry bags. Even so, the Honda XLV600 Transalp is still a very good purchase.

Source Antonio Regidor Rao, May. 05, 1998